Ducks Finish Runner-Up In Home Event
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon posted its second consecutive runner-up finish by coming in second at the Duck Invitational following Tuesday's final round at Eugene Country Club. The Ducks shot 8 over and finished the tournament 12 over while having four players – three who were in the lineup – place in the top 11 individually.
How It Happened: Tom Gueant turned in the best finish for the Ducks, coming in tied for third at 3 under after a 1-over 72 in the final round. He played steady the entire day, with just one rough stretch early on coming with back-to-back bogeys at four and five. He made all pars after that until driving it just short of the green at the par-4 17th to make birdie and get to 1 over.
Yuki Moriyama matched Gueant with a 1-over 72 and came in tied for 11th. He started his day on hole No. 2 and had just one bogey on his card heading to the back nine. The freshman had an up-and-down back nine, making a pair of birdies and three bogeys to sit at 1 over heading into his last hole, where he closed with a birdie at the par-4 first.
Owen Avrit bounced back from a rough first day of the tournament with a 1-over 72 of his own. Starting at No. 4, he made 10 consecutive pars to start before a birdie and two bogeys in a five-hole stretch put him at 1 over for the round and 14 over for the tournament, tied for 40th. Jake Sollon was the final counting score, turning in a 5-over 76 to place tied for 26th at 10 over.
Nate Stember also turned in a top-11 finish, coming in tied for 11th at 5 over following a 6-over 77. Craig Ronne turned in a solid event, playing as an individual, coming in tied for sixth at 3 over. Greg Solhaug ended his final round on fire, going 5 under in his last seven holes to shoot a 1-under 70 and finish tied for 16th competing as an individual.
Ducks On The Leaderboard:
2. Oregon – 287-285-292 – 864 (+12)
T3. Tom Gueant – 68-70-72 – 210 (-3)
T6. Craig Ronne* - 68-74-74 – 216 (+3)
T11. Nate Stember – 69-72-77 – 218 (+5)
T11. Yuki Moriyama – 76-70-72 – 218 (+5)
T16. Greg Solhaug* - 72-78-70 – 220 (+7)
T26. Jake Sollon – 74-73-76 – 223 (+10)
T40. Padraic Sim* - 75-74-78 – 227 (+14)
T40. Owen Avrit – 77-78-72 – 227 (+14)
T53. Gian Luca Martinez* – 78-76-75 – 229 (+16)
*competed as an individual
Notable: The Ducks turned in their third straight top-5 finish and second consecutive runner-up … Gueant's tied for third finish was his first top 5 of the year and second top 10 of the season … It was also his second top 5, matching a career-best finish that came at last year's Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate … Stember and Moriyama both finished inside the top 15 for the second straight tournament, while Moriyama has been in the top 15 in each of the last three.
Up Next: The Ducks have just one day between events as they get set to play in The Goodwin, March 25-27 in Stanford, Calif.